|Source: We Heart ItIt’s time to present my list of 2013 favorites. I know there is still half a month left in the year, but who has time to gather a list like this during Christmas and New Year’s? I figure if I read something epic between now and then, I will include it in next year’s list. I want to thank Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner for putting this together for the 4th year in a row. This is my first year participating, but I’ve always loved reading the lists. Now I finally get to do my own.
As far as books go, it was a pretty disappointing reading year for me. I read a lot of good stuff, but there are only a few REAL favorites. I guess I’ve gotten pickier and harder to impress. Such is the plight of a book blogger. I’m also disappointed with the number of books I read this year. It’s about the same as 2012, but I had hoped to improve my attention span and time spent reading, and I did not. There is good news though. I’ve upped my reading speed and frequency a bit this past month, so I have high hopes going into 2014 that I will do better.
Swimming at Night by Lucy Clarke
The Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman
Surprising in a good way because I pretty much had zero expectations going into reading this one. No one I knew had read it, the cover is kind of awful, and I was sure it would be mediocre. Not so much. It’s well-researched, the characters are well developed, and though the situations are difficult, the book is positive and magical.
4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Trish Doller. I loved Where the Stars Still Shine with all of my heart. I fell in love with the setting and the characters, and now I want to read every book she writes. So far, they are all set in Florida. Her debut was, and so is the one she’s writing now.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Night Film by Marisha Pessl again. I bought a copy after I read the galley, and honestly, even though it was one of the best books of my year, I feel like I missed a lot of subtle nuances.
12. Most Beautifully Written Book of 2013.
“I hate how the people who really get you are the ones you can never hold on to for very long. And the ones who don’t understand you at all stick around.” ―Marisha Pessl, Night Film
20: Best Book You Read in 2013 That You Read Solely Based on A Recommendation from Somebody Else:
SO many blogger recommendations and positive reviews.